Facial recognition bans spread across America

first_imgThe Oakland (California) City Council has voted to ban facial recognition technology. James Martin/CNET Oakland, California, has has become third city to ban the municipal use of facial recognition technology. Late Tuesday night, the Oakland City Council approved the ordinance, which requires a second and final vote that’s scheduled for Sept. 17.Oakland neighbor San Francisco in May became the first city to ban its police officers from using facial recognition technology, citing a breach of citizens’ civil liberties. The Somerville City Council in Massachusetts followed suit last month. Legal Facial recognition How San Francisco’s ban could impact facial recognition… Mobile Security Computers Politics Security Cameras Now playing: Watch this: 0 Facial recognition technology and human rights Aibo robot dogs and the people who love them 25 Photos Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan, who prepared a report on the proposed ban, cited limitations of the technology, the lack of standards around its implementation, and its potential use in the persecution of minorities, according to KPIX.Matt Cagle, a technology and civil liberties attorney for American Civil Liberties Union Northern California, said it should be elected representatives making decisions on the government’s ability to collect and use facial recognition imaging.”Decisions about whether we want to hand the government the power to identify who attends protests, political rallies, church or AA meetings should not be made in the secret backroom of a police station, lobbied by corporate executives that market this technology,” Cagle said Wednesday in a statement.The ACLU said US House of Representatives on Tuesday night also passed an amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 that would require the Director of National Intelligence to report on any government use of facial recognition technology (PDF).Reports would include information on the accuracy of the technology, as well as policies and procedures to protect human rights and First Amendment rights. The law shows Congress is recognizing “that this surveillance technology presents an unprecedented threat to our most fundamental democratic values,” said Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU senior legislative counsel. 3:04 null Share your voice San Francisco becomes first city to bar police from using facial recognition AI experts want Amazon to stop selling facial recognition tech to police Huge leaps in AI have made facial recognition smarter than your brain Why facial recognition’s racial bias problem is so hard to crack Smart home cameras bring facial recognition ethics to your front door Tagslast_img read more

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Marquezs classic comes alive

first_imgFans of Gabriel Garcia Marquez can look forward to a rare performance of a play based on the iconic writer’s novella Chronicle of a Death Foretold in the national capital. A collaborative work by Manjari Kaul and Promona Sengupta, the performance is an unusual combination of the use of storytelling technique and characters’ first person accounts that are sometimes varying, some similar, some shaky, at times minutely detailed and some fading recollection of the murder of Santiago Nasar, the organisers said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The adaptation of the play was organised by The Improper Fractions in association with Instituto Cervantes, Penguin Random House and India International Centre on April 30. Chronicle Of A Death Foretold, first published in 1981, speaks about the mysterious death of a young man, and chronologically retraces the situations that led to this baffling murder. The novella commences on the deceptively harmless morning of the day when Santiago Nasar was murdered. The story then retraces backwards, introducing Angela Vicario and Bayardo San Roman, a couple about to get married. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIt is then disclosed, that on their wedding night, Roman discovers that Angela is not a virgin and returns her to her maiden house. Upon investigating, Angela’s twin brothers discover that Santiago Nasar is the man responsible for this disgraceful situation, and they set out to kill him. The day Nasar dies is the same day the Bishop comes to town to bless the newly wedded couple. In the chaos and excitement that accompany the anticipation of the Bishop’s arrival, a series of unheeded warnings and events unfold that ultimately lead to the Vicario brothers stabbing Nasar on his front door. The Vicario family leaves town, and the brothers are ultimately imprisoned for three years. Angela, who realized that she had fallen in love with Roman the night he returned her home, decides to write him letters every week. Chronicle Of A Death Foretold? was adapted into a Spanish film in 1987, and was later adapted into a Broadway musical in 1995. Marquez who also wrote Love in the Time of Cholera, No One Writes to the Colonel, The General in His Labyrinth, and The Autumn of the Patriarch besides his epic 1967 novel One Hundred Years of Solitude died at the age of 87.last_img read more

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Live Events Are the Next Big Thing in Branding

first_img 5 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. March 1, 2018 Brand is probably the most misused word in the English language. Branding started as a way to identify livestock roaming the range. It grew from there to mean creating a logo for a company. As the word gathered steam, it came to mean the look and feel of a company, then the customer experience and finally the company itself. But at its core, brand building is about storytelling — about connecting with people rationally and emotionally. And it’s for everyone — people, small businesses, large enterprises and associations.For as long as our species has been on Earth, we have been feeding our insatiable hunger for stories. At first, we just told each other stories that were shared inside our tribes. Sometimes we illustrated them on the walls of caves, and they were shared with other tribes. Eventually, we got smarter and came up with more ingenious ways to experience our stories. We invented language and tablets to help us tell them. Then, when we realized we could transform bark into paper, we invented scrolls and books for our stories. The smarter we got, the more technology we applied to help share and create experiences around the stories of our time.Related: To Be Successful, Your Brand Needs a Clear, Simple FocusWe created big thing after next big thing, including the printing press, radio, television and, finally, the internet. All these technologies helped to satisfy our hunger to share the human experience. These days, the internet itself has spawned a plethora of next big things enabling us to better share our stories. We have email, social media, blogs, podcasts, streaming video, virtual reality, augmented reality and much more to come. It’s this media through which we feed our souls — and through which we build our brands.These next big things continue to change the course of human behavior. I’ve seen it before, having had the privilege to work with companies that have done just that — including Apple, Adobe, BlackBerry, Cisco and Google. These companies changed the way we communicate with each other, gather information, develop and share content, go to work and entertain ourselves. They brought about new trends in behavior, including our dependence on smart phones, our storing and sharing of photos, finding our way, listening to music and educating ourselves.Related: How to Build a Billion-Dollar BrandInterestingly, the technologies behind these trends enable us to be more productive, increase our networks and keep meticulous track of our lives, but they also conspire to separate us from each other. This phenomenon has brought about a new trend to spend more and more time exploring the things we enjoy live. Live is experiencing our humanity together, in the same space. It invites the opportunity to look up and at each other and to feel the human connection. The live experience has officially become a medium of choice for people around the world, especially millennials.In 1964, Marshall McLuhan told us in his book Understanding Media that the medium is the message. In other words, when you choose a medium in which to tell a story, the story is inevitably connected to, and actually embedded in, that medium, complete with the medium’s capabilities, limitations and idiosyncrasies. The medium, in fact, becomes part of the story.I think Marshall McLuhan would agree that in the 21st century — an era ripe with technology in which we can communicate with each other in myriad ways, but one in which everyone is glued, heads down, to their device — the richest medium of all is “live” because it affords us the opportunity to experience the human condition together and to share it. It’s no wonder companies are hungry to get face-to-face time with employees, customers, partners and influencers, and to create experiences that develop into long-term meaningful relationships with their brands.Related: 5 Marketing Strategies From Major Brands: What You Can Learn From Their Mistakes and SuccessesThe live medium is ripe for commercialization in the same way publishing, radio, television and the internet were commercialized in the past. The giants of these industries — Hearst, Tribune and Gannett; ABC, CBS and NBC; Google, Amazon and Netflix, among others — built empires on the crests of new media waves. Their efforts moved industries; their companies changed the world. The music industry is already commercializing the live medium focusing on concerts as primary revenue generators and artist brand builders. If the music industry can do it, why can’t others?Imagine a world where live experiences become brand builders for companies and organizations. Is it possible to transform old industrial spaces into new brand building experiences? Could that be a commercial service? Yes, and the time is now to capitalize on the live medium for the purpose of brand building. After all, the better a brand is, the more people will flock to it. And effective live experiences can solidify a brand’s presence, and even drive brand migration, among consumers. Don’t miss out; it’s time to start implementing this next big thing into your brand building and marketing strategies. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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Recap Two lanes closed due to accident on M6 motorway in Cheshire

first_imgTwo lanes are closed on the M6 motorway in Cheshire due to an accident this evening (Tuesday May 14). The lanes are shut on the southbound carriageway due a collision between junction 19 and junction 18. North West Motorway Police first reported the accident at around 8.20pm. A Highways England spokesman said:  “M6 southbound J19 towards J18 (Tabley A556 Northwich Holmes Chapel Chester Middlewich) “Traffic Officers have been deployed to a collision involving a vehicle which is now facing the wrong way in the outside lane. Lanes 4 & 3 have been closed.” It is unclear if any other vehicles are involved at this stage. Traffic England currently reports normal traffic conditions are expected to be restored between 9.15pm and 9.30pm tonight. Elsewhere on the motorway in the area, the northbound exit slip road at junction 19 is shut due to a vehicle fire. We’ll bring you further updates on the accident on the southbound carriageway as we get them on the live feed below. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –   Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –   For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .20:37From Inrix Two lanes closed and slow traffic due to accident on M6 Southbound from J19 A556 (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).Lane three and four (of four) is closed. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing womancenter_img Punter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collisionlast_img read more

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Whats the difference between cross platform and native mobile development

first_imgMobile has become an increasingly important part of many modern businesses tech strategy. In everything from eCommerce to financial services, mobile applications aren’t simply a ‘nice to have’, they’re essential. Customers expect them. The most difficult question today isn’t ‘do we need a mobile app’ Instead, it’s ‘which type of mobile app should we build: native vs cross platform?’ There are arguments to be made for cross platform mobile development and native app development. Developers who have worked on either project will probably have an opinion on the right way to go. Like many things in tech, however, the cross platform v native debate is really a question of which one is right for you. From both a business and capability perspective, you need to understand what you want to achieve and when. Let’s take a look at the difference between cross-platform framework or a native development platforms. You should then feel comfortable enough to make the right decision about which mobile platform is right for you. Cross platform development? A cross platform application runs across all mobile operating systems without any extra coding. By all mobile operating systems, I mean iOS and Android (windows phones are probably on their way out). A cross platform framework provides all the tools to help you create cross-platform apps easily. Some of the most popular cross- platform frameworks include: Xamarin Corona SDK appcelerator titanium PhoneGap Hybrid mobile apps One specific form of cross-platform mobile  application is Hybrid. With hybrid mobile apps, the graphical user interface (GUI) is developed using HTML5. These are then wrapped in native webpack containers and deployed on iOS and Android devices. A native app is specifically designed for one particular operating system. This means it will work better in that specific environment than one created for multiple platforms. One of the latest native android development framework is Google Flutter. For iOS, it’s Xcode.. Native mobile development vs Cross platform development If you’re a mobile developer, which is better? Let’s compare cross platform development with mobile development: Cross-platform development is more cost effective. This is simply because you can reuse 80% of your code becase you’re essentially building one application. The cost of native development is roughly double to that of Cross-platform development, although cost of android development is roughly 30% more than iOS development. Cross-platform development takes less time. Although some coding has to be done natively, the time taken to develop one app is, obviously, less than to develop two. Native apps can use all system resources. No other app can have any additional features . They are able to use the maximum computing power provided by the GPU and CPU; this means that load times are often pretty fast.. Cross platform apps have restricted access to system resources. Their access is dependent on framework plugins and permissions. Hybrid apps usually take more time to loadbecause smartphone GPUs are generallyless powerful than other machines. Consequently, unpacking a HTML5 UI takes more time on a mobile device. The same reason forced Facebook to shift their mobile apps from Hybrid to Native which according to facebook, improved their app load time and loading of newsfeed and images in the app. The most common challenge with about cross-platform mobile development is been balancing the requirements of iOS and Android UX design. iOS is quite strict about their UX and UI design formats. That increases the chances of rejection from the app store and causes more recurring cost. A critical aspect of Native mobile apps is that if they are designed properly and properly synchronized with the OS, they get regular software updates. That can be quite a difficult task for cross-platform apps. Finally, the most important consideration that should determine your choice are your (or the customer’s) requirements. If you want to build a brand around your app, like a business or an institution, or your app is going to need a lot of GPU support like a game, then native is the way to go. But if your requirement is simply to create awareness and spread information about an existing brand or business on a limited budget then cross-platform is probably the best route to go down. Read Next How to integrate Firebase with NativeScript for cross-platform app development Xamarin Forms 3, the popular cross-platform UI Toolkit, is here! A cross-platform solution with Xamarin.Forms and MVVM architecturelast_img read more

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HAProxy introduces stick tables for server persistence threat detection and collecting metrics

first_imgYesterday, HAProxy announced that they are introducing stick tables, an in-memory storage. It allows you to track client activities across requests, enables server persistence, and collects real-time metrics. It is supported in both the HAProxy Community and Enterprise Edition. You can think of stick tables as a type of key-value store. The key here represents what you track across requests, such as a client IP, and the values are the counters that, for the most part, HAProxy takes care of calculating for you. What are the common use cases of stick tables? StackExchange realized that along with its core functionality, server persistence, stick tables can also be used for many other scenarios. They sponsored its developments and now stick tables have become an incredibly powerful subsystem within HAProxy. Stick tables can be used in many scenarios; however, its main uses include: Server persistence Stick tables were originally introduced to solve the problem of server persistence. HTTP requests are stateless by design because each request is executed independently, without any knowledge of the requests that were executed before it. These tables can be used to store a piece of information, such as an IP address, cookie, or range of bytes in the request body, and associate it with a server. Next time when HAProxy sees new connections using the same piece of information, it will forward the request on to the same server. This way it can help in tracking user activities between one request and add a mechanism for storing events and categorizing them by client IP or other keys. Bot detection We can use stick tables to defend against certain types of bot threats. It finds its application in preventing request floods, login brute force attacks, vulnerability scanners, web scrapers, slow loris attacks, and many more. Collecting metrics With stick tables, you can collect metrics to understand what is going on in HAProxy, without enabling logging and having to parse the logs. In this scenario Runtime API is used, which can read and analyze stick table data from the command line, a custom script or executable program. You can visualize this data using any dashboard of your choice. You can also use the fully-loaded dashboard, which comes with HAProxy Enterprise Edition for visualizing stick table data. These were a few of the use cases where stick tables can be used. To get a clear understanding of stick tables and how they are used, read the official announcement by HAProxy. Read Next Use App Metrics to analyze HTTP traffic, errors & network performance of a .NET Core app [Tutorial] How to create a standard Java HTTP Client in ElasticSearch Why is everyone going crazy over WebAssembly?last_img read more

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